Health Issues

People with a learning disability can have poorer health and are more likely to have a lower life
expectancy than the general population (Mencap 2004).
In 2007, and updated for 2012 Mencap produced a report Death by indifference These reports continue to raise concerns that the NHS too often fails
to provide the most basic nursing support such as nutrition, hydration and pain relief and is denying people with a learning disability dignity and respect.

This document ( From Turning Point) contains all the information you should need to allow you to support people with learning
disabilities on a day-to-day basis, to help them to improve and maintain their health.